SUPP’s doors always open to former members, says its president

SUPP president Dr Sim Kui Hian.

KUCHING: Sarawak United Peoples’ Party (SUPP) president Dr Sim Kui Hian said today the party’s doors are always open to all former members, including former Parti Sarawak Bersatu (PSB) deputy president Jerip Susil.

“We also welcome any new member who believes in our vision and mission to fight for Sarawak.

“It is vital for all leaders and politicians to be united for the sake of the people,” he said, adding that the party had never set any conditions for them to return to SUPP.

Earlier, Susil, who is now an independent assemblyman for Mambong, had announced his resignation from PSB with immediate effect.

The assistant transport minister said he had decided to leave after consulting the people and supporters in his constituency.

Pledging his support to Sarawak Chief Minister Abang Johari Openg, Susil said his decision was also made based on the greater interests of the Bidayuh community.

On the new line-up for the state’s 24 local councils, Sim said it was only confined to representatives from the four Gabungan Parti Sarawak (GPS) components — SUPP, Parti Pesaka Bumiputera Bersatu, Parti Rakyat Sarawak and Progressive Democratic Party.

It was reported that PSB, which is not part of GPS, had been excluded in the list.

Sim said the list had been approved at the state’s Cabinet meeting yesterday.

He said they would now have to submit the list to Sarawak governor Taib Mahmud for endorsement before the names of councillors could be revealed.

“Once the list is endorsed, we will make an announcement and arrange for them to be sworn in as soon as possible,” he said.